Leading aerospace manufacturer Alcoa has signed a long-term contract to supply aluminum sheet and plate products to Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems. The multiyear contract, valued at more than $1 billion, is the largest ever between the two companies.
“This historic agreement not only continues the 35-year Alcoa-Boeing partnership, it will take our collaboration on next-generation metallic technologies even further,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud that Alcoa's lightweight structural solutions will continue to fly on Boeing’s most advanced aircraft today, and that our metallic science leadership will contribute to the Boeing aircraft of tomorrow.”
Notably, the agreement makes Alcoa sole supplier to Boeing for wing skins on all of its metallic structure airplanes. Alcoa plate products, used in applications such as wing ribs, wing skins, or other structural parts of the aircraft, will also be on every Boeing platform, including the 787 Dreamliner.
Finally, the agreement establishes a foundation for continued collaboration on new high-strength and corrosion-resistant alloys, including aluminum-lithium, that could be used for complex structural applications.
Alcoa’s aerospace business, which had revenues totaling $4 billion in 2013, holds leading market positions in aerospace sheet and plate produced by its midstream business, Global Rolled Products (GRP) and in aerospace forgings, extrusions, jet engine airfoils and fastening systems produced by its downstream business, Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS).
Additionally, Alcoa announced in the second quarter that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components. The acquisition will further strengthen Alcoa’s robust aerospace portfolio, positioning the Company to capture additional aerospace growth with a broader range of multi-material, value-add jet engine components.